Tax Administrators Urged to be More Diligent


Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, has called on senior managers, commissioners and other key personnel in the tax administration system, to more diligently carry out their responsibilities under the law.
He noted that the reform of the tax system, now being undertaken, is designed to address the wanton evasion of taxes and instances of corruption, and tax administrators have a key role to play in the process.
“Whatever is the final decision in terms of tax reform, I put it to you that the most important thing that is going to require reform, is a reform in how you discharge your responsibilities as assessors and compliance officers,” Mr. Shaw stated, at the opening of the Inland Revenue Department’s (IRD) conference at the Grand Lido Braco Resort and Spa in Trelawny on Thursday (Jan. 22).
“You have to change gear. We have to become more aggressive . we are going to have to cut out the corruption from within the system,” he stated. “You are going to step out and you are going to assert yourself and you are going to indicate to the people that there is a law, and you must abide by the law,” he added.
In the meantime, he indicated that an incentive system is being considered for revenue officers, and “we want to ensure that our facilities everywhere are decent and up to a standard that will ensure your comfort and the comfort of your customers, who are the taxpayers of the country. I am committed to that”.
As such, he said, there are plans to build new collectorates in Mandeville and Christiana.
The two-day conference, held under the theme: ‘IRD’s relevance in a changing environment’, brought together personnel from the island’s 29 collectorates for dialogue on important tax issues and to make recommendations on new strategies, tools and resources to deal with challenges.

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